Gedichtsanalyse: The New Colossus - Referat
Poetry Analysis: The New Colossus
The sonnet “The New Colossus” written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 is about the
Statue of Liberty and how it welcomes immigrants from all over the world.
From the title we can tell that the “colossus” refers to the Colossus of Rhodes which is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world. It is a bronze statue of the sun god Helios. The title also shows that the Statue of Liberty is “new” in contrast to the ancient one in Rhode. “New” stands for America, for better and “old” stands for Europe, for worse. The lines 1-6 are a big comparison between the Colossus of Rhodes and the “Mother of Exiles” (L.6). The Lines about the old colossus allude the Colossus of Rhodos and his “conquering limbs” (L.1) which sounds very negative and describes the positive appereance of the Statue of Liberty and her ambience. The alltiration “world-wide welcome[...]” (L.7) and the pesonification “[...] her mild eyes command” emphasizes her open-arm for immigrants. Another proof for this these is the enumeration “your tired, your poor, your huddled” (L.10-11), wchich shows that the new colosus welcomes everyone, no matter where they come from. Furthermore there is another comparison with the Colossus of Rhodes. “The New Colossus” lifts her torch “beside the golden door” (L.14) which sounds very nice and welcoming, whereas “the brazen giant of greek fame” (L.1) who was the entrance of Rhodes Island sounds a little bit substandard.
The Poem tries to present America as a country which gives hope to all immigrants.
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